2017 Masters Champion Sergio Garcia (Spain) has earned a spot in the U.S. Open after qualifying at a regional event.
Garcia finished tied for fourth in the final U.S. Open qualifier at Northwoods Club and Bent Tree Country Club in Dallas, Texas, on Thursday (Aug. 24) with a two-day total of 9-under-par 132.
Garcia, who made the move to LIVGolf after playing on the PGA Tour, did not qualify for this year’s U.S. Open, ending his 24-year streak of playing in the event.
The U.S. Open is based on world rankings, and Garcia’s ranking dropped to 206th after his move to LIVGolf.
Garcia missed the PGA Championship, which concluded on Nov. 21, ending his 24-year streak of playing in every major. He entered the Masters in April as the 2017 winner. The winner of the Masters receives lifetime eligibility to play in the Masters.
With his streak of U.S. Open appearances in jeopardy, Garcia entered the regional qualifier and qualified to continue his streak. The top eight players in the qualifier earned spots 안전놀이터.
With his qualification, Garcia joins PGA Championship winner Brooks Koepka, Dustin Johnson, Bryson DeChambeau, Phil Mickelson (USA), and Cameron Smith (AUS) as LIVGolf’s representatives at the US Open.
Northern Irishman Graeme McDowell (Northern Ireland), who is playing for LIVGolf in the hunt for a US Open ticket, did not qualify after finishing tied for 12th.
Korean-American Michael Kim shot an 8-under 133 to finish tied for seventh but failed to qualify in a playoff, while Kim Sung-hyun, 25, shot a 7-under 134 and missed the cut by one stroke.
The U.S. Open, the third major of the season, begins on June 16 at Los Angeles Country Club in Los Angeles, Calif.